Salvatore Corda, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Salvatore J. Corda has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Southern Connecticut State University since 2009. He has a special interest in providing leadership from a systemic perspective to enhance student achievement, developing and nurturing instructional leadership through classroom rounds, and building learning communities through supportive and intellectually challenging district and school environments.
Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Corda was the Superintendent of Schools in the Norwalk Public Schools beginning in April, 2001. He was responsible for nineteen schools serving approximately 11,300 students from Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. During his tenure, as a result of the systemic changes in curriculum, teacher support and accountability, and developing administrators as instructional leaders, student achievement especially with African American and Hispanic students showed marked improvement and continues in that trend today.
Before going to Norwalk, Dr. Corda was the Superintendent of Schools in the City School District of Peekskill, New York. An educator since 1969, Dr. Corda taught at the Middle School level and was a high school building administrator as well as an interim middle school principal. His experience in Central Office included serving as an Assistant and Associate Superintendent with responsibilities in instruction, finance, and personnel. Dr. Corda was an adjunct professor at the City University of New York and in the Management Decision Laboratory at New York University's Stern School of Business. From 2002 until 2009, Dr, Corda was active in the Superintendents Network through the Connecticut Center for School Change. The work of the network, a learning community of school superintendents and Harvard university professors in developing active learning organizations has been chronicled in numerous books and journals.
Dr. Corda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, a Master of Arts degree in English Education from the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from New York University. Dr. Corda was an Educational Professions Development Act Fellow and has received an assortment of honors and scholarship awards. These include the President's Special Recognition Award as "Distinguished Superintendent" by the Putnam/Northern Westchester Chief School Administrators' Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents' Appreciation Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Schuyler C. Joiner Scholarship from the International Association of School Business Officials, and the Bridge Award for Service to Youth.
He has published in professional journals and spoken at professional conferences in the United States and in Europe. Dr. Corda has also served as a consultant in the areas of Educational Technology, School Finance, School Public Relations, and Organizational Development and Change. Dr. Corda is active in community affairs, and serves, or has served, as a Director on several Boards, most notably the College of Westchester, the Norwalk Education Foundation, the United Way, and The Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield. He was a founding member of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Learning Foundation and the Southern Westchester Health Insurance Consortium. Dr. Corda was the President of the New York State Association of Small City School Districts, served on several committees of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and was a member of the Advisory Council of The Kennedy Center's Performing Arts Centers and Schools Partners in Education Program. He continues to be an active participant in furthering the work of high achievement for all students.